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Gay Orlando

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More than 35 million people a year visit Gay Orlando, the theme park capital of the US, enjoying the many attractions, beaches, and events that make Central Florida a great place to check out. It is, to say the least, a real tourism hot-spot. While Orlando is best known for its theme-park atmosphere, there is a lot more to this hotspot Floridian city. The rich cultural influences in Orlando make it an insane tourism destination. 

Orlando Gay Scene

There are no gay neighborhoods in Orlando and most the gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city. So, although there is no central gay scene take the time to hop from one to the next and make a night of it.

Since 1991, gay men and lesbians from around the world have converged in and around Walt Disney World in June for Gay Days Orlando, an entire weekend of exciting events centered around area theme parks and attractions. The event’s attendance has grown considerably, attracting more than 100,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, family and friends since 1998.

One of the best things about this get-together is that it appeals to a huge range of ages, tastes and styles. Gay Days is the perfect venue for friends from different backgrounds to vacation together - whether male, female, or transgender, bi, gay, lesbian, or just keen on hanging out with a bunch of queer buddies. So grab your Mickey Mouse cap and start planning.

Gay-Friendly Dining

Orlando has many gayfriendly restaurants and eateries that you can enjoy during your stay.

Lac-Viet Bistro

Orlando has some of the best Vietnamese food in the nation, and you’ll find some of it at Lac-Viet, a relative newcomer on the Vietnamese-flavored stretch of Colonial Drive near Mills Avenue.

Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille

Something to do on a Tuesday, when none of the clubs in town are hopping, is to go to Hamburger Mary’s for drag bingo.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Creative, satisfying meatless fare is the norm at this all-vegan restaurant. A cozy outdoor courtyard offers bucolic views of the oaks fringing Lake Ivanhoe, and hosts Sunday brunch and monthly vegan barbecues.

Gay-Friendly Nightlife

Take a night out on the town and check out the gay scene at some of the local gaybars and clubs in the area. You will find a little bit of everything here.

Savoy Orlando

If you want to mingle or just need some space, this bar is for you. There's a patio, lounge, side bar and main bar help you to do just that. Drink specials and gogo dancers galore, need we say more?

Stonewall

If you like the older crowd or you want to go to a bar to get the night started, Stonewall is the place for you!

Parliament House

Sunday nights the place to go if you wanna dance is Parliament House. Surprisingly this club has a decent sized crowd on Sundays and the dance floor is hopping.

Tips & Tricks

Most travelers visit Orlando during the summer months, but the weather is actually nicest during Spring. Regardless, the seasons in Orlando are hot and hotter so definitely expect some balmy and steamy weather while you are there! Most rainfall happens between June and September which provides some relief from the heat. 

Orlando International Airport is the city's main airport as well as the busiest airport in the state in terms of passenger traffic. This airport is a pretty major hub and accesses lots of larger travel destinations directly. Once you are in Orlando, the best way to get around is by car. Rental cars are easy to find for decent prices, although be sure to expect some road congestion due to the high density of drivers.

The most rampant crime in Orlando is theft, so be sure to keep your valuables under lock and key while driving and walking around theme parks especially. The heat is also a concern for tourist safety because of dehydration and heat stroke. Sticking with the crowds in some of the tourist areas but driving safely and staying well hydrated is a ticket to happiness in the Happiest Place on Earth!

And don't forget Gay Days Orlando, the first weekend in June each year, attracts 160,000+ from around the world to the central Florida area, and the event generates over $600 million in economic benefits!

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